Nocturnes, Paperback Book
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Take his hand and follow him into the darkness ...John Connolly, bestselling author of seven brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a volume of chilling tales of the supernatural.

In this macabre collection, echoing masters of the genre from M R James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears - lost lovers, missing children, subterranean creatures and predatory demons. Framing the collection are two substantial novellas - THE CANCER COWBOY RIDES charts the fatal progress of a modern-day grim reaper, while THE REFLECTING EYE is a haunted house tale with a twist and marks the return of private detective Charlie Parker, the troubled hero of Connolly's crime novels.

This edition contains two additional stories - THE CYCLE and MR GRAY'S FOLLY - not previously included. NOCTURNES is a masterly volume to be read with the lights on - menace has never been so seductive ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9780340933992

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Admittedly not all the stories were read, as the ones skipped were not what one was in the mood for. However, the major pieces in this volume — the novellas "The Cancer Cowboy Rides" and the Charlie Parker mystery — were read first (then a large chunk of the short tales), and this previously un-experienced author's work was a joy to read. Entertaining, a mixture of intelligent prose and humour, surprising action scenes, characters of less-than stereotypical variety, and over-all solid story-telling skills fill the volume, making this a perfect introduction to John Connolly's writing. In fact, this might make a perfect introduction to the 'dark fiction' for someone who thinks 'horror' is another word for 'bloody gore'. How suspense and 'alt reality' became synonymous with 'exploding innards and pus' is beyond me, but this will change a mind or two if you need a method.

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